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  • Community participation: The cornerstone of (local) participatory democracy 

    de Visser, Jaap (Community Law Centre, University of the Western Cape, 2007)
    Community participation is key to the functioning of local government. One of the constitutional objects of local government is to encourage the involvement of communities and community organisations in local government. ...
  • The functioning of ward committees: Challenges and prospects 

    de Visser, Jaap (Dullah Omar Institute, 2007)
    Ward committees were formally introduced in 2000, and many municipalities soon commenced the process of establishing them. The establishment rate of ward committees across the country now stands at over 90% and is growing, ...
  • A secret ballot? 

    de Visser, Jaap (Community Law Centre, University of the Western Cape, 2007)
    The Municipal Structures Act provides that the elections of office-bearers must takes place in a secret ballot. However, it does not stipulate what the consequences would be if every councillor did not, in fact, cast his ...
  • Facilitating public participation: A niche role for the speaker? 

    Baatjies, Reuben; de Visser, Jaap (Community Law Centre, University of the Western Cape, 2007)
    Considerable attention has been drawn to local government’s ability to facilitate public participation and the role and effective administration of ward committees. Undoubtedly the most important aspect of the local ...
  • Regional Symposium on Harmonisation of Laws on Children in Eastern and Southern Africa, 9-10 May 2007 

    Mbazira, Christopher (African Human Rights Law Journal, 2007)
    From 9 to 10 May 2007, the African Child Policy Forum (AFCPF), supported by UNICEF, Eastern and Southern Africa Office (UNICEF-ESARO), organised a Regional Symposium on Harmonisation of Laws on Children in Eastern and ...
  • Who can appoint commissions of enquiry: conducting a 'section 106 investigation' 

    de Visser, Jaap (Community Law Centre, University of the Western Cape, 2008)
    If the member of a province's executive council (MEC) responsible for local government suspects maladministration, fraud, corruption or any other serious malpractice in a municipality, that MEC must designate a person or ...
  • Rules and orders: The building blocks of good governance 

    de Visser, Jaap (Community Law Centre, University of the Western Cape, 2008)
    How does a municipality make its decision-making procedures clear and legally sound? How does it ensure that every councillor can participate meaningfully in council meetings? How does it keep council and committee meetings ...
  • Implications for local government of a single public service 

    de Visser, Jaap (Community Law Centre, University of the Western Cape, 2008)
    The Department of Public Service and Administration has published for comment a draft Public Administration Management Bill aimed at creating a single public service. The long-awaited Bill is being promoted as the magic ...
  • Subsidiarity in the Constitution slapstick asymmetry or a 'rights based' approach to powers 

    de Visser, Jaap (Community Law Centre, University of the Western Cape, 2008)
    What is subsidiarity? Subsidiarity is a general principle that says that governance should take place as close as possible to the citizens. It translates into the protection of lower levels of government against undue ...
  • New leaders, persistent challenges...What lies in store for local government? 

    de Visser, Jaap (Community Law Centre, University of the Western Cape, 2009)
    The outcome of the elections of 22 April is critical for local government. The success of ‘developmental local government’ depends to a large extent on the choices the incoming national and provincial governments make ...
  • Wolf in sheep's clothing? 

    de Visser, Jaap (Community Law Centre, University of the Western Cape, 2009)
    Section 156(1) of the Constitution is the basis for the status of local government in the Constitution. It provides that municipalities have authority over the matters listed in Schedules 4B and 5B of the Constitution. ...
  • Post-election analysis: Editorial 

    de Visser, Jaap (Community Law Centre, University of the Western Cape, 2009)
    The 2009 national and provincial elections have come and gone. As expected, the results have reshaped politics. The new President has promised a marked improvement in the service delivery and performance of the public ...
  • Formulating the pillars of a turnaround strategy About Previous issues 

    Steytler, Nico; de Visser, Jaap; May, Annette (Community Law Centre, University of the Western Cape, 2009)
    The turnaround strategy (TAS) for local government is gaining momentum. Initiated by the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CGTA), the TAS is aimed at identifying the drivers of the distress in ...
  • Bridging the gap between theory and practice: Reviewing the functions and powers of local government in South Africa 

    Christmas, Annette; de Visser, Jaap (Commonwealth Journal of Local Governance, 2009)
    The purpose of this practice note to evaluate the current allocation of functions and powers in the Constitution, and furthermore to propose a set of criteria to guide decisions on where powers and functions are best ...
  • Court condemns political interference in municipal manager's appointment 

    de Visser, Jaap (Community Law Centre, University of the Western Cape, 2009)
    Amathole District Municipality, a municipality controlled by the African National Congress (ANC), advertised the position of municipal manager. The recruitment process was subject to the municipality’s Recruitment Policy, ...
  • The political-administrative interface in local government - Assessing the quality of local democracy 

    de Visser, Jaap (Community Law Centre, University of the Western Cape, 2009)
    Municipalities have registered a tremendous democratic and service delivery record, yet the public perception of them is troubling. Municipalities are too often identified with corruption, inefficiency and inaccessibility. ...
  • Are ward committees working? Insights from six case studies 

    Smith, Terence; de Visser, Jaap (Community Law Centre, University of the Western Cape, 2009)
    The research presented in this book sets out to offer a deeper and more nuanced understanding of the functioning and value of ward committees. In-depth qualitative studies of six ward committees are described. They provide ...
  • Book Review: Improving local government 

    de Visser, Jaap (Commonwealth Journal of Local Governance, 2009)
    Academic literature that engages in a comparison of local government systems, policies and practices and their impact on democracy and development is hard to come by. Yet, these comparisons are critical as they shed light ...
  • Position paper on the provincialisation of personal primary health care services 

    Versteeg, Marije; Hall, Wendy; de Visser, Jaap (South African Local Government Association, 2009)
    Primary health care (PHC) was internationally accepted in 1978 as the preferred system for health care. It is defined in the Declaration of Alma Ata and includes essential care, which is appropriate, available and affordable ...
  • Local government reform in Zimbabwe: A policy dialogue 

    de Visser, Jaap; Steytler, Nico; Machingauta, Naison (Community Law Centre, University of the Western Cape, 2010)
    This publication is the result of a collaborative research project of South African and Zimbabwean academics and practitioners active in the field of local government. On 3-4 November 2009 the Community Law Centre hosted ...